The 2018 High School Football Playoffs are underway and Bluegrass Sports Nation has your coverage of regional teams. Unfortunately, half of the 10 Mountain teams in BSN coverage area fell the first weekend. Below are the results for each game and who those advancing will play next week. Continue reading HS Football – Opening weekend Playoff results→
REID TRAVIS LEADS THE CATS WITH A DOUBLE DOUBLE, 22 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS.
David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation UK Basketball – November 2, 2018- Rupp Arena.
As the preseason Basketball concludes the Kentucky Wildcats had one preseason opponent remaining. The Opponent is the IUP Indiana University of Pennsylvania a division two school from a small town located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Kentucky is a favorite to win the game and the final tune up before the season begins next Tuesday as Kentucky competes in the Champions Classic against the Duke Blue devils. UK and IUP has never meet on the Basketball court, and UK is heavily favored against the Crimson Hawks. Continue reading College Basketball – KENTUCKY’S FINAL TUNE UP OF THE PRESASON DEFEATS IUP CRIMSON HAWKS 86-64→
November 1, 2018 – Hazard, Kentucky – JJ Baker – Bluegrass Sports Nation – Hazard Football Columnist
It’s finally football playoff time in Kentucky! It’s the time of the year to filter out the pretenders from the contenders and when 6 senior classes get to go out on top of their high school career! That will be decided over the next 5 weeks as teams from every class in Kentucky’s 6 class system march toward Kroger Field and the KHSAA State Football Finals that will be held November 30th through December 2, 2018. This is the time of year that some of the best football all season will be played. Hazard will begin their journey this Friday night at Daniel Field when they will host the Harlan Green Dragons. Continue reading High School Football – Hazard Will Host the Harlan Green Dragons in the First Round of the KHSAA Class A Playoffs→
(CINCINNATI, Oh.) – The Bengals’ 37-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers served as a bit of a bounce back from their drubbing a week ago in Kansas City. Unlike the prime time embarrassment against the Chiefs, Cincinnati’s offense looked spiritedly viable as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead before a predictable Tampa rally tied the game late. Randy Bullock’s 44-yard game-winning field goal as time expired gave Coach Marvin Lewis a hard-fought win over his old college roommate, Dirk Koetter. The Bengals defense was in a generous mood throughout the afternoon, surrendering a whopping 576 total yards, but also garnering four interceptions and five sacks along the way.
I’m giving credit not only to Bullock’s kick, but also to the one o’clock kickoff. The early-afternoon effort generated just enough fire to keep the embers of hope burning for success this season. The win improves the Bengals’ record to 5-3, a game ahead of the Ravens and percentage points behind the Steelers in the divisional race. Cincinnati has an upcoming bye-week, giving their walking wounded a chance to heal up for the second half sprint.
“Obviously we wish we had played better in the second half and made the game a little bit easier than having to drive down and kick a field goal with no time left,” quarterback Andy Dalton said in his postgame presser. “We had too many three and out drives, so from that standpoint, it’s disappointing. But we won. To be 5-3 now is huge.”
Dalton, consistent with his performance during non-prime time contests, was a respectable 21-34 for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Boyd continued his outstanding season with a 9-catch, 138-yard, 1 touchdown performance. Joe Mixon had 2 touchdowns of his own while accumulating 123 yards on 21 carries.
So why the uptick from last week? You know if this game had been played in prime time, the Bengals would have blown it at the end. Put this game under the bright lights, and they would have surely self-destructed while the rest of the nation looked mockingly on. The past indignity has been well documented. Cincinnati has lost thirteen out of sixteen on Sunday nights alone, including nine straight. They’re 6-15 in prime-time night games since 2011, when coincidentally, Dalton came into the league. Marvin Lewis, coincidentally, is 0-7 in his playoff tenure. It’s gotten to the point where big-game embarrassment and heartbreak is expected by fans who deserve better.
The reality is that the Bengals aren’t cursed or snakebit. The cold hard truth is that they’ve just never been that good. They’ve always been a franchise steeped in mediocrity. Prime time games are usually played against quality opponents that are consistently better than what management puts out on the field. As much as fans like to imply, it’s not solely a matter of Marvin or Andy choking away the big ones. They’re both OK—mediocre at best. There’s a big game, prime time pecking order, and unfortunately, the Bengals are middle of the pack. Count on them throwing up a clunker playing Kansas City under Andy Reid in prime time at Arrowhead, but—as everyone witnessed today—they’re still fully capable of occasionally squeaking out a victory versus Tampa Bay under Dirk Koetter in the afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.
Speaking of Dirk Koetter, I asked Marvin how he manages his emotions when coaching against friends. “I play against somebody every week,” he answered dismissively. “Dirk and I are obviously closer, but we play against somebody every week. I play against Sean (Payton) in a week. I played against Andy (Reid) last week. These guys have been friends for a long, long time. That’s just part of coaching and being in this as long as I have. Every time we go out there, we know the guy. But we’re in a business to win, just like they are. That’s part of it.”
The rest of the schedule bodes well for Marvin. Fortunately, there are no more prime time meetings scheduled between him and his friends.
Dr. John Huang covers the Cincinnati Bengals for Bluegrass Sports Nation and Sports View America. He’s currently working with former LEX18 sportscaster Alan Cutler on his new book. If you enjoy his writing, you can read more at www.huangswhinings.com or follow him on Twitter @KYHuangs.